Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Part of what's kept me busy and away from the computer, has been a new addition to our family; Norah. She is a 15 week old Siberian Husky/German Shepherd cross, and we've had her now for just over a month.
Needless to say, it was, and still is, a lot of work. Trying to potty train a 3 year old, as well as house train a puppy all at once is probably not the smartest of ideas.
Yet I have learned more already from this new puppy than I could have ever imagined.
In not being able to see past my own frustrations, and my feelings of being overwhelmed, I failed to see the joy she had brought to our family.
Even our old girl Lexxy, now in her tenth year, acts more like a puppy than I have ever seen before. The two play almost all day, running up the stairs, then down, or out in the yard, chasing, wrestling... Lexxy is also learning proper dog etiquette - she no longer barks non-stop when playing, but instead only lets out the odd one to emphasise a point.
The warmth and love that our pets bring to our home is something that should never be overlooked. For a dogs love is truly unconditional; what other being is so excited, no matter what the day, no matter what has happened, to simply see you walk in the door, no words or actions needed. When the day has been long, or fraught with sadness, a simple head in the lap, or a few friendly kisses, are all that is needed to lift the spirits, and tell you that you are home.
I for one, must never forget that. No matter how troubling the days are, no matter how tired your back is, or your hands are worn. No matter how alone you feel, or isolated in your thoughts; there is someone who loves you, and his happy to be with you, for the simple fact of being with you, no strings attached.
Welcome Norah, and may we have many happy and fun-filled years together as a family.